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Officer, Light Company, Coldstream Guards, Summer Dress, 1820

Originally retailed by Thomas Goode & Co., South Audley Street, Mayfair, London.  

Provenance: General Raymond Eliot Lee, U.S. Army

Raymond Eliot Lee General Raymond E. Lee (-1957) was the Anglophile military attache at the U.S. Embassy in London  during the crucial war years of 1940 and 1941. Eschewing uniform for Savile Row suits he  was regarded as cultured individual with close ties to the British intelligence establishment. His published London war diary records observations of morale, daily life and Luftwaffe bombing in these critical years. His thoughts on the military situation and details of his discussions with a wide range of senior British military and civilian staff and politicians are a fascinating glimpse into the behind-the-scenes reality. Lee was a true friend of Britain and one is forcibly struck by the remarkable astuteness of his assessments of possible future military developments. After completing his stint in Britain he returned to the US, arriving on December 7th 1941 to be met with the news of Pearl Harbour.

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